Kanye West debuted his highly-anticipated album, Ye at a listening session in Wyoming on Thursday night and even though we cancelled him weeks ago, here we are scouring the internet for the seven tracks that we hoped would explain his apparent descent into the sunken place.
The rapper who has been enraging, perplexing, and disappointing his fans for weeks with antics like endorsing Donald Trump and suggesting slavery was a choice has punked us all in true Kardashian fashion. Despite believing that at least some of his outlandish behavior has been a ploy for publicity, the corners of our rational minds have been holding out hope that he would deliver something great, something epic, something important to redeem himself or at least provide a clearer picture into what the hell has been going on.
Unfortunately, we downloaded the weird app an hour too late and the live stream was over. (Guess they really mean live stream as in–no repeats.) Now, as we scour the internet and refresh Apple Music every 15 seconds to see if Ye is available, we’re forced to piece together reports and snippets to figure out what exactly we’ve been waiting for…or pretending not to wait for.
Here’s everything we know so far:
Chris Rock introduced the album at the listening session in Wyoming. Jonah Hill, Big Sean, Nas, 2 Chainz and Pusha T were a few of the celebrities who attended the exclusive event that featured campfires and smore’s. Chris Rock was the one who introduced the album and urged listeners to listen with an open mind. “Welcome to the world premiere of the latest opus from the one and only Kanye West entitled YE,” he said. “Remember this rap music, hip-hop music, is the first art form created by free black men. And no black man has taken more advantage of his freedom than Kanye West…Listen without prejudice.”
Ye features Kid Cudi, Ty Dolla Sign, Charlie Wilson and Nicki Minaj. Jury is still out but we’re guessing the collabs are impressive. Kudos to Nicki for getting a writing credit.
He addresses the Khloe Kardashian/ Tristan Thompson scandal. While the album reportedly makes no mention of Donald Trump, Kanye did include a few bars about his sister-in-law’s recent relationship woes.“All these thots on Christian Mingle/That’s what almost got Tristan single.”
He’s praying for Russell Simmons. We’re not quite sure what to make of reports that one track features a bit of a shout out to Russell Simmons. “Russell Simmons want to pray for me too/ I pray for him because he got Me Too’d.”
He dedicated the album to Kim Kardashian West and rapped about her reaction to his antics. “Wife calling screaming saying we’re about to lose it all I had to calm her down ‘cos she couldn’t breathe/I told her she could leave me now but she wouldn’t leave…This is what they mean for better or for worse huh?”
He reportedly walked through the crowd with his wife while his ex-manager, Scooter Braun, followed close behind the couple. She jumped on social media ahead of their arrival to announce they were on the way and the revealed that her husband finalized the album’s cover moments before their arrival.
Kanye shot the album cover on his iPhone on the way to the album listening party ??❤️????
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 1, 2018
Kanye confirms he’s bipolar. The rapper has mentioned mental health issues before, but he reportedly disclosed that he suffers from bipolar disorder and called the condition a “superpower” in one of his songs. “…ain’t no disability, I’m a superhero,” he raps.
“Lift Yourself” and “Ye vs. The People” were left off of the album. Lucky for us.
Obviously, we can’t offer any opinions on the actual music until we hear the whole project. In the meantime, we’ll be waiting and refreshing just like the rest of you. Or ignoring and pretending not to care…just like the rest of you.